The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
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Some late harvesting, such as it is, with sourdough rising.
The flowers did very well, and the tomatoes are just now ripening. The truth is, my garden has been going for quite a number of years and maybe a re-set is in order. Maybe more on that later…
We had sourdough pizza with homemade tomato sauce. Since moving in with us, Deirdre has been making the pizza most Fridays — she does an amazing job and I have felt a sense of relief in knowing that she (and really all the girls) can take over this all-important job with a high level of competence. After all these years, it’s nice to be served tasty homemade pizza!
But yesterday I thought maybe she could use a rest (she’s getting towards the end here with the bébé and making pizza is a lot of standing, to be honest).
It really does take a lot of practice to get the sourdough to behave, I find. This iteration was lots better than ones I had made in the winter. By the way, I saw in my 5-year journal that it’s been a year since I started my starter! Despite almost killing it this past week (the tale is in my Instagram), I have coaxed it back to a good place, I think, and making the pizza was a good excuse to give it some extra feedings.
I made the eggplants into a simple relish or “eggplant caviar” (recipes for which you can find in older cookbooks like Gourmet, and always very enjoyable). That’s the dark odd-looking dish in the picture!
Just fry up the eggplant with onions, garlic, tomatoes, and peppers chopped up small, in plenty of olive oil. Add salt and balsamic vinegar for a little sweet “relish” flavor.
I like to serve a little something for the delectable crusts of homemade pizza (sourdough or regular), and this eggplant is perfect. We also like hummus, plain olive oil, tapenade, or even butter (this is Deirdre’s family’s go-to).
The procrasti-baking continues! (That’s when you should be writing but instead are baking!)
On to our links!
- Fr. Dwight Longernecker writes about C. S. Lewis’ insight about how fallen man longs to enter an “inner ring,” and restlessly seeking it and sacrificing true happiness and contentment for its sake; and the relationship between this inner ring obsession and the homosexual network in the Church.
- It’s worth, of course, reading the original essay, reproduced here: The Inner Ring by C. S. Lewis.
- Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, which of course comes directly after the Triumph of the Cross. “Steadfast Cross” brings some beauties of 14th Century art and poetry to mind.
- There will be a Catholic Women’s Conference in Worcester, MA, November 10, at Assumption College. It’s the first annual conference of a new group — speakers will include Janet Smith. Check out the lineup and register!
- If you are in or near Clinton, MA, today, come to St. John’s to pray Vespers with us. We will be singing and praying a new composition from Paul Jernberg — very beautiful and peaceful, for Our Lady of Sorrows. You can come at 5pm to go over the music if you are interested — Vespers begins at 6. Here is a little taste of one of the antiphons (of course, being a new composition, recordings are not yet available, although the project of the Cor Unum Chorale is ultimately to offer them for enjoyment and education; a highlight is the Stabat Mater in four parts!).
From the archives:
- Will you need a good recipe for your green tomatoes? We love this green tomato chutney.
- Singing sacred music with the children.
- I do think using a binder for your homeschool planning is a good way to go, if old-fashioned.
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Hint: if you look up on the menu bar of the Catholic Culture site, you will find a link to the month’s liturgical calendar — you can plan ahead a bit. And there are some good ones coming up!
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